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sodcutterjones
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RMS Titanic


Anybody else find this ship and story fascinating? The ship deemed 'unsinkable' not only sunk, but it also broke in half, and in a few years will be dissolved on the ocean floor where she rests.

The circumstances of the night she went down is eerie. Hit the iceberg around midnight, pitch dark out, freezing ocean water, not enough lifeboats, the telegraph was reaching out to other boats in the area but due to distance they couldn't reach the Titanic in time. Some people stayed in their rooms as they knew it was hopeless. When the ship sunk I wonder how long they had to think about it, with the darkness and pressure before it imploded. And the survivors after the ship whent down- dark, cold, people screaming until they died, middle of the atlantic- things nightmares are made of!

And then there's conspiracy theories out there about how it's not Titanic that sank, but it was actually sister ship Olympic, which needed tremendous repairs and so the White Star Line intentionally sunk it for the insurance money. But the loss of life surely wasn't apart of that.

And fast forward a few years and another sister ship Britannic sunk during WW1 off the coast of Greece. 30 people died due to the propeller pulling lifeboats into it.

Survivor accounts on YouTube are interesting. Eva Hart was 7 years old when she and her parents were aboard the Titanic. Look her up- her mother had a premonition before boarding, saying man's arrogance was going to be the cause of something bad to happen.




BobLeeDagger
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re: RMS Titanic


Any mention of the Titanic and I always think of this bathtub toy I had growing up.

Seeing divers navigate the submerged Titanic these days is very fascinating.
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kywildcatfanone
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re: RMS Titanic
Amazing story.



And there was plenty of room on the door for jack.



kywildcatfanone
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I've read that in hindsight, hitting the iceburg straight on would have resulted in less damage and likely no sinking.


Cheese Grits
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re: RMS Titanic
Sorta like Arkansas with Bobby, John, and Bert?

If tFlagship just hit Bobby head on, think of the lives that could have been saved.


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sodcutterjones
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re: RMS Titanic
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I've read that in hindsight, hitting the iceburg straight on would have resulted in less damage and likely no sinking.


There's debate about this but could be plausible. The Captain turned the ship thus the scraping and damage to the side but his thought was to save the propeller.

In hindsight screw the propeller, keep that puppy floating.


kywildcatfanone
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re: RMS Titanic
I wonder how close they really were to being able to port around it completely? Had to be just a few feet I would think.


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DownSouthJukin
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re: RMS Titanic
Icebergs can’t break steel hulls.

#Magma


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Arksulli
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re: RMS Titanic
It was one of those fluke things. The odds of it happening were incredibly small. But all you have to do, and there were a lot of ocean liners back then, is get the bad car just once.

A large part of this is that the British, despite being the dominant naval power and ship builder of the time... were really craptacular when it came to making ships that were hard to sink.

Both in their warships and their commercial vessels British ships from this time period had a noted period to go under quickly if hulled below the waterline. Or just blow up in the case of their battlecruisers. German and American ships, on the other hand, generally took a lot of effort to sink.

Oddly enough it would be the Brits who had the most survivable aircraft carriers a few decades later. They had built their few carriers with armored decks while the American and Japanese navies had gone with wooden decks. So a kamikaze strike that would sink or heavily damage an American carrier was a "man your brooms" moment for the armored British carriers.


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The Nino
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re: RMS Titanic
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And fast forward a few years and another sister ship Britannic sunk during WW1 off the coast of Greece. 30 people died due to the propeller pulling lifeboats into it.
well that's a terrifying way to die


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Arksulli
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re: RMS Titanic
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And fast forward a few years and another sister ship Britannic sunk during WW1 off the coast of Greece. 30 people died due to the propeller pulling lifeboats into it.

well that's a terrifying way to die


My nightmares are sorted out for the next few days.


madmaxvol
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re: RMS Titanic
Think Reliability makes a Cause Map for the Titanic that is pretty cool.


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sodcutterjones
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And fast forward a few years and another sister ship Britannic sunk during WW1 off the coast of Greece. 30 people died due to the propeller pulling lifeboats into it. well that's a terrifying way to die My nightmares are sorted out for the next few days.


no doubt. I believe the cause was the lifeboats were launched without the captain's orders. Had the captain gave the orders, the engines would have been shut down. He was still trying to turn the ship to possibly beach it on shore. He was unaware of the situation.


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plazadweller
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re: RMS Titanic
There is a new theory going around that the stored coal used to power the ship was actually on fire and that’s what made the metal hull weak.


DownSouthJukin
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re: RMS Titanic
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There is a new theory going around that the stored coal used to power the ship was actually on fire and that’s what made the metal hull weak.



Like I said... #Magma


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Cheese Grits
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re: RMS Titanic
Ocean smoothies for the nearby sharks?


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kywildcatfanone
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re: RMS Titanic
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There is a new theory going around that the stored coal used to power the ship was actually on fire and that’s what made the metal hull weak.


I think this is pretty widely known to be true at this point.



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sodcutterjones
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VFL1800FPD
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Tha mental image of watching it sunk down to the bottom of the Atlantic and then kinda zooming out and realizing that that huge ship designed to carry thousand of people is no bigger than a penny in a swimming pool compared to the ocean. Gives me the heeby jeebies


Arksulli
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re: RMS Titanic
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Tha mental image of watching it sunk down to the bottom of the Atlantic and then kinda zooming out and realizing that that huge ship designed to carry thousand of people is no bigger than a penny in a swimming pool compared to the ocean. Gives me the heeby jeebies




We really aren't that big. Now, what we do and its impact on the planet (no, not getting into the climate change stuff, it is like a mating call for the dim witted on this board) is big.

We altered the flow of Mississippi and now the Southern tip of Louisiana is almost gone. But when it comes to the oceans our great works are small in comparison.


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